A revelation given at Perrysburg, New York, 12 October 1833, to Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith Jr.

  1. Verily thus says the Lord unto you, my friends Sidney and Joseph: Your families are well; they are in my hands, and I will do with them as seems good to me, for in me there is all power. Therefore, follow me, and listen to the counsel which I shall give unto you. Behold and lo, I have much people in this place, in the regions round about, and an effectual door shall be opened in the regions round about, in this eastern land. Therefore, I, the Lord, have suffered you to come unto this place, for thus it was expedient in me for the salvation of souls.
  2. Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people, speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men, for it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment what you shall say. But a commandment I give unto you that you shall declare whatsoever things you declare in my name, in solemnity of heart, in the spirit of meekness in all things. And I give unto you this promise — that inasmuch as you do this, the holy ghost shall be shed forth in bearing record unto all things whatever you shall say.
  3. And it is expedient in me that you, my servant Sidney, should be spokesman unto this people, yea, verily, I will ordain you unto this calling, even to be a spokesman unto my servant Joseph. And I will give unto him power to be mighty in testimony, and I will give unto you power to be mighty in expounding all scriptures, that you may be a spokesman unto him, and he shall be a revelator unto you, that you may know the certainty of all things pertaining to the things of my kingdom on the earth. Therefore, continue your journey and let your hearts rejoice, for behold and lo, I am with you even unto the end.
  4. And now I give unto you a word concerning Zion: Zion shall be redeemed, although she is chastened for a little season. Your brethren, my servants Orson Hyde and John Gould, are in my hands. And inasmuch as they keep my commandments, they shall be saved.
  5. Therefore, let your hearts be comforted, for all things shall work together for good to them that walk uprightly, and to the sanctification of the church. For I will raise up unto myself a pure people that will serve me in righteousness, and all that call on the name of the Lord and keep his commandments shall be saved. Even so, Amen.